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Star Trek 3 could boldly go where no movie has gone before.
Or it could suffer the same case of sequelitis that most movie trilogies end up having by their third outing.
Having never been in tune with the Star Trek franchise up until 2009, I possess a very skewed perception of what it means to be a Star Trek fan (or Trekker as they prefer). Star Wars was always my preference, but when JJ Abrams introduced my generation with an updated and pristine version of this massive franchise, that was what got me hooked to Star Trek.
However, Abrams had a bit of a slip up with Star Trek Into Darkness because he fell into the trap of sequels and the danger they all possess. Too much fan service and the rehashing of old plot lines doesn't make for a solid sequel in addition for making fans skeptical for the third chapter.
The fact that Abrams is also no longer on board with Star Trek 3 could be cause for concern, mainly due to the Hollywood curse of directors changing for franchise finales (Brett Ratner on X-Men: The Last Stand). This curse normally results in poorer direction coming from the new director and an inconsistency in tone and character motivations.
Now this may not always be the case, but as far as trilogies go, the third chapter is normally one of the most important parts because it represents the finale.
So it better be good.
The supposed new director for Star Trek 3 is going to be Roberto Orci, who is mainly known for his collaboration with Abrams on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness' scripts. This film would mark his directorial debut, and he would have a lot on his plate if he ends up directing.
Production is set to start in the next six months, according to Mr. Spock actor Zachary Quinto, which would mean that the script and director should be in the final stages of preparation.
Now this begs the question: What will Star Trek 3 be about?
(Spoilers ahead for the ending of Star Trek Into Darkness).
We last saw the crew of the Enterprise headed into deep space for their five-year mission after using Khan's superblood to resurrect Kirk from radiation poisoning. After his defeat at the hands of Mr. Spock, Khan was put back into cryo-sleep along with the rest of his 72 super-friends (I smell a comeback).
We could end up seeing the crew of the Enterprise revealing the Klingon's plot to invade the Federation and potentially awaken Khan and his crew for aid against the onslaught. This would be a fresh test of the long time rivalry between Khan and Kirk, especially after the events of the previous film where both were to blame for their rivalry.
The character of Khan is one of Star Trek's most prized marketing tools, which wasn't fully exploited for Into Darkness' marketing for "secret plot reveal" purposes. The third film could correct that mistake by bringing Khan back as the salvation for the Federation, which could put an interesting spin on his character and his relationship with Kirk.
Bringing back Khan as a long term villain or character appeals to both the marketing aspect for the franchise and can expand upon a well-known and beloved character. (Sidenote: Benedict Cumberbatch needs to get the long hair look before he truly becomes Khan).
Overall, Star Trek 3 has its work cut out for it, and fans are expecting a noteworthy chapter in the Star Trek saga when it comes to theaters in 2016.
By: Matthew Romeo
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